Porcupine Tree truly sprang to prominence with their 2002 album, In Absentia. It was their seventh album and marked the start of their international stature as a heavy prog rock band. Up to that time, Porky Tree had been a space rock band.
Their third album, The Sky Moves Sideways (1995), is my favourite from their early period. This was the album that contributed the most to their unofficial title of “The Pink Floyd of the Nineties”. It didn’t win Porky Tree many fans in the metal community — space rock is usually too soft and proggy for that.
In 1995 there were only three permanent members of the band — the colossally talented Steven Wilson doing vocals and guitars, Richard Barbieri on keyboards and Colin Edward on bass. Drummer Chris Maitland had toured with the band and contributed to studio recordings, including three tracks on The Sky Moves Sideways. He became a regular member in 1996.
With the amount of work that Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (of Opeth) do on each others albums, many fans have said that they should just get together and make their own band. Well, the two have done just that and formed the band Storm Corrosion.
Scheduled to be released by Roadrunner Records in April 2012 very little is known as both members have been quite tight-lipped on the details of the project. If Steven Wilson’s latest solo album Grace for Drowning and Opeth‘s recent album Heritage are any indication of the direction both artists are heading in, I expect to hear a very unique and deep prog-rock/metal album overflowing with great songwriting and gushing with talent. According to Storm Corrosion‘s Facebook page “Apart from Mikael and Steven, the album includes guest appearances by Gavin Harrison on drums/percussion, Ben Castle on woodwinds, and Dave Stewart on string arrangements.”
What do all you wonderful readers think about this project? Are you hyped up as much as I am for this album? Could you care less? What are your expectations? Let us know! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Photo’s from the Storm Corrosion Facebook page. Photo by Naki Kouyioumtzis. Copyright, all rights reserved 2012.